Posted on: September 2, 2023 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0

The Black woman is widely recognized as the most undeniable force in the world, possessing qualities such as creativity, resilience, selflessness, and an undefined spirit. This week, Upscale Magazine pays tribute to a remarkable Black woman who is disrupting some of Hollywood’s most influential image architects, and everything in between. We take this opportunity to highlight the exceptional achievements of Tamara Taylor.

In an industry that is predominantly male-dominated, Tamara Taylor has proven herself to be a formidable force. She is widely acclaimed as the “certified deal closer” and fearlessly advocates for her elite roster to gain access to top-tier benefits. With her exceptional attention to detail and unparalleled creativity, she has established herself as a true powerhouse in the industry, serving as the CEO of Mastermind MGMT.

The Rise of Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor’s journey to success has been nothing short of remarkable. Starting out as a young corporate executive with a dream, she quickly made a name for herself in the industry. Her unique approach to innate understanding of her clients’ personalities set her apart from her peers.

Through sheer determination and hard work, Taylor began collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. Her ability to curate breathtaking ensembles that exude both elegance and individuality caught the attention of Law Roach, Zerina Akers, and Kollin Carter. Together, they formed an unstoppable team that has taken the fashion industry by storm.

Tamara Taylor

During a profound discussion with Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, the editor of Upscales Fashion, Tamara delves into the decision to temporarily suspend her corporate job and pursue entrepreneurship. Tamara’s proactive approach to staying abreast of industry developments has enabled her to thrive in various sectors. She underscores the significance of consistency and having a clear end goal to achieve success in multiple industries. Tamara also expresses her admiration for Law Roach, recounting their fortuitous encounter on a flight bound for Chicago that forever transformed her life.

Hammonds: Congratulations on your achievement with Mastermind MGMT , the enterprise that is establishing trends for some of the most prominent tastemakers of the present time. The nature of your daily routine remains an enigma to us, but we can only surmise that it is replete with stimulating challenges and prospects. Would you kindly explain your daily schedule for us?

Tamara: I begin my daily routine with affirmations and prayers as a means of setting my intentions. Furthermore, I am able to conduct the majority of my daily activities from the comfort of my home, including attending team meetings and engaging in client calls.  The highlight of my day is the opportunity to spend quality time with my family and binge watch crime shows. My professional pursuits are centered around asset management and real estate, two fields that I hold a deep passion for. To ensure that I am able to attain my objectives, I prioritize self-care and endeavor to minimize my exposure to corporate culture.

Hammonds: Tell our readers what is the primary focus of your business?

Tamara: Mastermind MGMT is a distinguished talent management firm that exclusively represents celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists, tailors, and barbers, with a particular emphasis on the fashion and beauty industries. Additionally, by placing transparency and advocacy at the forefront of our business practices, we are establishing a novel benchmark for the conduct of talent management.

Hammonds: Who holds the utmost importance in your business and how do you distinguish between your professional and personal spheres?

Tamara: My foremost priority is to cater to my clients. Additionally, I hold in high regard my brother Tirrell, my intimate circle of friends known as the ‘CAR’ crew, and my esteemed sisters from It is noteworthy that a significant proportion of my company comprises of members from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., predominantly from my undergraduate chapter at the University of Miami.

Hammonds:  You truly are ‘the Master of Closing the Deal.’ Tell us how people can safeguard the bag in various sectors.

Tamara: Don’t be afraid to set big audacious goals for yourself or your clients. Also, set them high and takes the time to put milestone goals in place that help you, and your clients reach those lofty goals. I also believe the higher you reach, the higher you will go. My strongest advice is to be accountable for your goals and your success.

Hammonds: Who are your examples of power coaches?

Tamara: Upon entering this field, I found that there was no clear model for success. As a result, I focused my efforts on starting a business, as I lacked any role models in this particular industry. Through previous experiences, I have learned many valuable lessons. However, the business models I encountered were vastly different, and none of them were representative of black women. Consequently, I had to conduct extensive research to identify individuals who were engaged in similar pursuits. Notable influencers in this regard include Kandi Buris, Donni Wiggins, and Mona Scott Young. 

Hammonds: How did you connect with the legendary Law Roach, and what was one lesson that you earned from your friend, mentor and client?

Law Roach, Photography by Nino Munoz

Tamara: The most significant lesson to be learned from him is his exceptional work ethic. He is undoubtedly one of the most diligent individuals I have ever encountered. I have witnessed him expertly styling a client, promptly boarding a private jet to attend another styling engagement and returning without delay. His work ethic is truly impeccable. It is a valuable reminder that regardless of one’s current level of success, it is crucial to persevere and continue working diligently. One never knows when an opportunity may arise, and by consistently putting in the effort, one can reap the rewards of their labor in due time.

Image via Getty/Gilbert Flores

What are your future plans?

Mastermind MGMT is poised to emerge as one of the foremost avant-garde and candid talent management firms catering to creative entrepreneurs worldwide, owing to their fervor and dedication towards exceptional artists of color. A significant declaration (allusion intended) is forthcoming. Additionally, on September 3rd, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mastermind with a high-profile brunch.

In Conclusion. Through her unique approach to business and unmatched creativity, Taylor has transformed celebrities into icons. Her ability to tell a story and empower her clients to embrace their individuality has inspired millions. With Tamara Taylor at the helm, the future of the creative arts/business looks brighter than ever.

Keep Up with Tamara Taylor at Mastermind MGMT

Yours in Fashion,

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds

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